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K-State Holds Weekly Football Press Conference


GO WILDCATS
Travis Tannahill

GO WILDCATS
Travis Tannahill
GO WILDCATS

Nov. 20, 2012

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the team’s mood…
“I would guess it is a little different with each individual to a certain degree. Mine has turned into anger, and I would hope our players and coaches follow suit. Yesterday we practiced, and they were focused during the course of the practice. It was business like. There is a positive side.”

On how many times he has watched the game film from last week…
“I watched it the same as I always do. I watch it on the way home from the game on the plane. I watch it again on a broader view the following day. That is what I do all the time.”

On what went wrong during the game…
“A variety of different things. From an offensive standpoint, we just struggled staying on blocks, we had some difficulty with our pass protection, we had difficulty with assignments in regards to our pass protection, a couple dropped balls and just a lack of consistency in terms of moving the ball. Defensively, we gave up big plays that hurt us, some that were repetitious that we failed to get corrections made. We struggled in terms of tackling. We missed a lot of assignments. We were obviously not good against the running game. That was the most yardage that Baylor has accumulated in the rushing game their entire season. So we certainly struggled with that and the big plays.”

On Baylor’s defensive game plan…
“I think that we exposed ourselves. When I say that, we exposed deficiencies that you create when you are not assignment sound. You do not get into appropriate schemes and we do not react to movement up front. There is a variety of different things. Baylor played extremely well. Phil (Bennett) had them well prepared. We allowed some things to happen that we should not allow to happen.”

On the team’s Thanksgiving schedule…
“They will have a chance to go home. We met on Sunday and reviewed the game. We practiced yesterday and we have practice today in a little bit. Then practice again tomorrow morning and then they will be off and meet again on Sunday.”

On advice given to the offensive line…
“Play better. Follow the code, which is get better every week. If we are not doing that, then that would be an additional issue. I think that they are focused on that right now. They are trying to improve what they are doing and I think that they recognize that. It is not just the offensive linemen. Running backs have to block in pass protection schemes as well. We did not do well with that. There are a plethora of things that are pretty basic. We did things that we have not done. We have been good about not being penalized, one of the top teams in the nation. We have a plethora of penalties. One individual has three penalties of the same exact thing. Two of them cost us because we had turnovers. We gained possession of the ball and then got penalized and gave them the ball back. Those are major things in the course of a ball game, but we had a lot of those major things take place. We throw three interceptions – I think we had a total of four interceptions going into the ball game and end up with three in a ball game. We did some things out of character.”

On the importance of a bye week…
“As I said before, it is a double-edged sword. The time is needed from a rest standpoint for our players. Maybe it would have been better to have it a little sooner than this, but that is hindsight. The other side of the coin is you have to let this fester for that period of time. That can be good or bad – it depends on how they respond to it.”

On if Collin Klein’s performance against Baylor damages his overall performance…
“In my eyes, I just see it for what it is. He has played extremely well, and he played pretty doggone well the other night. He did some things that people do not realize that were instrumental in the ball game. He did some very positive things. The three interceptions I cannot fault. He made some inappropriate choices, but all of those are not on his shoulders. No one else has any way to look at it other than numbers. I understand that. Somebody in New York City looks at the numbers and says bad deal. He did not manufacture all of those. A lot went into those interceptions. Some that he was responsible for, some that he was not. I just see it for what it is. I have been awfully proud of the way he has played and the way he has performed. I thought he did some exceptional things on Saturday.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On getting back to work after the loss…
“It is just something that we have to do. Heartbreaking does not even describe it, but at the same time we just have to make sure that we do not let Baylor beat us twice. We have to go back to what we know and that is just trying to be the best we can be, contribute in helping each other and being a good teammate. We just cannot waste any days.”

On the team being more focused than it was in Waco…
“I think we will find out. We will see this week. Obviously, we are able to sustain it with practice and our focus level and things like that. I would like to think so, and that is what we are going for. So we will find out.”

On how nice it is to have a bye week now…
“It is very big. Obviously, we had a pretty long stretch there with a long run, and we were not able to finish it out like we would have liked. We will rest up and hopefully fix some things here and there and then get ready to go at it again.”

On how thankful he is to be on this team…
“Amazingly thankful. It is a special group. It is a group that has been through a lot through our time here. We have come a long way, and it is a group that we truly care about each other in a pretty special way as brothers would or family members would. We are still having fun, and that is important.”

Senior Linebacker Arthur Brown
On bouncing back after losing to Baylor…
“It was something that we knew we were going to have to face. The day after the loss was probably the worst, but we have to accept it and do what we do to correct our mistakes.”

On whether or not he slept on Saturday night…
“I did. I definitely was not going to let the loss affect our progression moving forward. We just have to take it and keep doing what we have been doing for the rest of the season.”

On taking a break for Thanksgiving…
“It is great for the whole team and the whole staff to have that break physically and mentally. I think it will do us a lot of good and we will be ready to go back to work.”

On the opportunity to play at K-State…
“I am truly thankful. It has been a great journey. Just the process of growing together with the team has definitely been something that I will take with me and remember for the rest of my life. It has helped mold me as a person, and I think I will continue to grow and develop from here.”

On the family atmosphere of the team…
“It starts with a group of guys wanting to share their lives with one another and everyone has definitely done that throughout this season. We have grown closer together and it has been proven that we are going to continue to do so.”

Senior Tight End Travis Tannahill
On the team’s mood after the loss to Baylor…
“I would say that we have gotten past the sad stage and more into the mad stage. We had a good practice yesterday. We came out and were ready to work, and I think that showed a lot of maturity for our team because there is nothing you can do about it now. We need to go out and prepare like we do every week. Consistency has always been a big part of this program, and we went out and had a good practice yesterday and we hope to have another one this afternoon and tomorrow. We have the chance to get home to get some rest for Thanksgiving with the family. We will come back next week ready to work again and hopefully come out and get a win against Texas.”

On the mental and physical state of the team…
“Your mind gives out before your body gives out most of the time. So we know, mentally, it will be nice to get home and spend some time with the family. You get to see your family once a week, for a couple hours, maximum, at home games. On road games, you get to see them 10 minutes before the bus. A lot of us are big, tough football players but we like to see our families and our moms just as much as the next person. I know I am definitely excited to get home as a bunch of the guys are. I think that will recharge our batteries quite a bit. We still have two more days this week, and I think the guys are excited this week to get to work before the break.”

Sophomore Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On how thankful he is to be on the team…
“I am extremely thankful. These guys are my brothers and the family that we have here is incredible. I am just thankful again to God that we have been blessed with such good health and few injuries. We have kept a really good head on our shoulders, and I am just thankful for that.”

On what the family means to him…
“It means a lot. The holidays are all about family, and we have to react to each other now to hold everyone strong and accountable and just keep going – keep rowing the boat.”

On having a bye week now…
“It is really nice to have a bye week just to have some time to recover and recuperate. Obviously a lot of guys would rather be playing football, but to have a bye week to rest and recharge is really nice.”

Senior Linebacker Jarell Childs
On bouncing back from the loss…
“We are not fully bounced back from it, but obviously we still have a lot to play for. So that is what we are looking forward to, just  getting better and improving on the mistakes that we made Saturday.”

On how many mistakes there were…
“There were a lot of mistakes, a lot of misfits and a lot of missed tackles that we need to correct today at practice.”

On the cause for all the mistakes…
“A lot of mental lapses. I think that up-pace – maybe we were not as ready for it as we should have been. I think it took a lot of people’s minds off of what we needed to do and places that we needed to be in.”

Senior Kicker Anthony Cantele
On the mindset of the team…
“I think at first it was definitely disappointment, and then it turned into anger, and then more focus right now, especially with how many seniors we have on this team. This is our last time we get to play at home, and we want to go out the right way. So I think overall the team is really just focused at the task at hand.”

On it being tough to come back and get to work again…
“It was especially on Sunday because we had meeting and things which we usually do not have. So I think it was difficult just for the fact that coming back and looking at all the mistakes and things that we made was definitely frustrating.”

On how thankful he is to be on the team…
“I am so thankful. It has been an incredible experience. The most important thing to me is the friendships that I have made with these guys along the way. We always talk about family, and this is definitely a family atmosphere. That is never exaggerated. I am incredibly thankful. I could not be more blessed to be in the situation that I am and have these kinds of teammates.”